Smaller stages are usually associated with intimate dramas, but critical favorite Theatre Coup d’Etat subverts such expections with an ambitious new adaptation of Moby Dick. Presented within the modest space of Fallout Arts Initiative Co-op, this staging of Herman Melville’s sprawling novel (widely ranked among the greatest examples of American literature) is under the deft guidance of director James Napoleon Stone. While this adaptation maintains Melville’s familiar narrative of a weary sea crew led to the brink of destruction over Captain Ahab’s obsession with destroying a gargantuan white whale, the production plans to place a critical emphasis on one of the novel’s most frequently overlooked elements: the multiculturalism of the sailors. This aspect honors Melville’s nuanced depiction of a community at sea while drawing insightful parallels to the social divisiveness of contemporary times. For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com. For tickets go to brownpapertickets.com.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Theatre Coup D'etat presents Moby Dick
Herman Melvilles Moby Dick has been called the greatest American novel. This adaptation illustrates what truly makes America great - diversity, inclusion, and hard work. Coup dEtats Moby Dick is the story of a diverse crew of sailors working during the height of the whaling industry, as told through the eyes of a callow narrator, Ishmael. The hunt this time, however, is for the leviathan that took the leg and splintered the mind of Captain Ahab, a man haunted by demons of his own making. Under the wisdom and guidance of the great harpooner Queequeg, Ishmael gives us a lens into a world of cultural unity, moral and ethical conflict, and what it means to depend on the person next to you in a dangerous world where each day could be your last.
Theatre Coup dEtat is a two-time Ivey Award-winning theatre company founded in 2011 and continues to receive critical acclaim from the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, Lavender Magazine, and more.
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